Epineuil is a small appellation in the very north of Burgundy that specializes in lean, bright reds born from the same Kimmeridgian limestone found in the nearby vineyards of Chablis. In this cool climate, where ripening is not always a sure thing for our beloved Pinot Noir, warm years like 2015 are welcomed with open arms. The Savary family took advantage of the fine vintage to craft a deeply colored Pinot perfumed of wild dark fruit and saturated with floral charm, finishing on a stony note that must be the hallmark of this terroir. Did somebody say Epineuil of the century?! –Anthony Lynch
|Vineyard:||25 years, .8 ha|
|Aging:||Grapes are entirely de-stemmed, wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks|
The Savarys have earned the recognition for their hard work, and are highly regarded in the appellation. The clay-limestone hillsides of the Kimmeridgian chain are excellent for growing dazzling, complex Chardonnay. However ideal the soil, Olivier brings his own brilliance to the table. The grapes from his vineyards throughout the Chablis appellation are blended into one fabulously complex village wine cuvée. He also bottles an extraordinary premier cru from Fourchaume, as well as a separate cuvée of old-vine fruit in heavy, wax-sealed bottles after élévage in demi-muid. These exquisite wines are quintessential Chablis, with unmistakable aromas of ancient crushed shells and a pronounced, racy mineral structure.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
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